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Is the Loch Ness Monster a giant catfish ?

July 16, 2015 | Comment icon 23 comments



Could the monster be nothing more than a catfish ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Ben Buxton
Nessie hunter Steve Feltham now believes that the enigmatic creature might not be quite what it seems.
The 52-year-old is himself something of a legend in cryptozoological circles having spent the last 24 years searching for signs of the elusive and world famous lake monster.

Despite having once been a firm believer in the creature's existence however Feltham claims that he has now come to the realization that the Loch Ness Monster is likely to be nothing more than a Wels catfish - a large animal in its own right which can grow up to 13ft long.

"It is known they were introduced into English lakes by the Victorians for sport," he said. "They are very long lived and it is entirely possible they were introduced by Victorians to the loch - which would explain why the main sightings really started in the 1930s just as the animals were reaching maturity."

"Iíve had to change my mind slowly over time, but what a lot of people have reported seeing would fit in with the description of the catfish with its long curved back."
Feltham famously gave up his life back in England to move to Scotland where his ongoing hunt for the legendary beast earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

He now lives in a mobile home that is permanently parked on the loch's northern end at Dores.

"If you have a dream, no matter how harebrained others think it is, then it is worth trying to make it come true. Iím living proof that it might just work," he wrote on his website.

"Have I ever regretted my decision? Never, not for one second."

Source: The Scotsman | Comments (23)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by Yamato 7 years ago
It goes to show that it wasn't always a hoax, that people really were seeing something large in the water, but it still didn't mean it was the monster of our imaginations (or Scotland's tourist income). People really were seeing sea monsters in the oceans too, the classic tales of great beasts over 30-ft long. Now we have colossal squids up to 46 feet long. There've been lots of monsters, until there haven't.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Paranormal_Etcetera 7 years ago
24 years and he just now thinks its a catfish? what happened at year 5 or 10, what was he thinking then? Duh ummmm It might be real or it may not better give myself a few more years to decide.
Comment icon #16 Posted by mbrn30000 7 years ago
well if its is a catfish, the only way to eat it is deep friend.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Jarocal 7 years ago
well if its is a catfish, the only way to eat it is deep friend. Blackened on the grill with Cajun seasoning and a nice Remoulade sauce on the side.
Comment icon #18 Posted by badeskov 7 years ago
Blackened on the grill with Cajun seasoning and a nice Remoulade sauce on the side. You are danish. And you made me hungry....damn you Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #19 Posted by mbrn30000 7 years ago
Blackened on the grill with Cajun seasoning and a nice Remoulade sauce on the side. deep fried with tartar sauce. I can understand the Cajun, but its all about the deep frying. mix some cornmeal and some flour, salt and pepper..ok dump some Cajun seasoning...but its all about the frying. hey and I live in red fish country. would blacken redfish but would fry that catfish.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Jarocal 7 years ago
deep fried with tartar sauce. I can understand the Cajun, but its all about the deep frying. mix some cornmeal and some flour, salt and pepper..ok dump some Cajun seasoning...but its all about the frying. hey and I live in red fish country. would blacken redfish but would fry that catfish. Andouille-Crusted Redfish with Creole Meuniere Sauce Recipe courtesy Emerol Lagasse Is my preferred recipe for redfish I'm only working a half day today and now I'm thinking I should send one of my guys at the shop down to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients for a shrimp boil...
Comment icon #21 Posted by Red Moon 7 years ago
After being so dedicated for 24 years to prove the existence of Nessie, I find this latest U-turn of his a bit odd. "It's me or the monster!" Apparantly his girlfriend started putting him off. This piece posted in 2010 http://lochnessmystery.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/has-steve-feltham-become-part-time.html
Comment icon #22 Posted by Calibeliever 7 years ago
"It's me or the monster!" Apparantly his girlfriend started putting him off. This piece posted in 2010 http://lochnessmyste...-part-time.html Veeery int-er-esting
Comment icon #23 Posted by Anomalocaris 7 years ago
No, a marine creature which was spotted over 1400 years ago, by Saint Columba. And then the rest of the story and sightings, like they do over the years, gathered its cult followers and people have kept it alive today, the only thing they have not found alive was nessy. Who knows what the missionary saw, his story is just as fanciful as a lot of those religious stories told through the years: Columba was on his way to visit the king of the northern Picts near Inverness when he stopped at Loch Ness to confront a beast that had been killing people in the lake. Seeing a large beast about to attac... [More]


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